Collecting the Post ... as the "Owl" flies!
How do wizards receive their mail? It is not really like a postman can
deliver them through a mail slot in their door ... wizard mail is really
just something else!
It is called "Owl Post" and this is how the people of the wizarding
world receive their mail, by owl. Harry owns a beautiful snowy white owl
named Hedwig. The very friendly owl has a nice temperament but hates being
locked in her cage. She receives mail from people sending things to Harry
and brings them straight to him. Harry can then carefully untie these
from her leg or take it from her beak and receive mail, much to the disgust
of the Dursleys' who would rather him be locked in the cupboard under
the stairs. We learn very quickly during "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's
Stone" just how determined and how efficiant Owl Post can really
be! When the Dursleys' were at their wits end trying to prevent Harry
from receiving one of these letters from the world of "magic"
their whole house became flooded with mail and their lawns were filled
with owls who had delivered their post.
The Weasley's own an old and sick owl, Errol, which most people don't
think will make to his next birthday. After Ron Weasley lost Scabbers
in The Prisoner of Azkaban, he received a present of a small grey owl
from Sirius Black. Hermione Granger had named the bird Pigwidgeon, or
Pig for short. The Malfoys' own a very large and expensive
Eagle Owl which is one of the largest owls, and considering their wealth,
only the best will do!
Each student at Hogwarts is allowed to bring one pet, whether it is an
owl, (like Harry), a toad (like Neville), a cat (like Hermione) or a rat
(like Ron). However the owl is the only one that can receive and deliver
post. It is not a requirement to have one, as many other owls can be used
from other people, or from the school to deliver and receive mail, however
Harry also finds Hedwig to be a great companion and a very beautiful Snowy
The students at Hogwarts are also more than welcome to use any of the
school owls to send any packages or letters. Harry requires doing this
as to not arouse suspicion when sending some messages to Sirius in book
3. Harry also receives his Nimbus 2000 by owl during the morning when
all the students are having breakfast when the post usually arrives for
the students. The inside of the enchanted main hall (the ceiling is bewitched
to look like the real sky) owls by the hundreds can be seen in the morning
delivering the post, and each owl delivers its package to exactly the
right person. Although beware you don't receive a howler! You'll have
to read the books to find out what one of them is!
By Kylie Van Eerden
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Granger had named the bird Pigwidgeon who named the owl but Ginny Weasly